Hear! Hear!

As you may know if you’re a regular reader of my blog, I am almost deaf in my left ear due to surgery to a remove a growth in its middle ear (between the ear drum and the inner ear) back at the end of 2019. Recently, the hearing in my right ear seems to be diminishing rapidly. So I decided to look into getting hearing aids.

The first place I went to conducted a hearing test. The chart (audiogram) above shows the results of that test. The vertical (Y) axis on the left shows the volume of the sounds in decibels, from softest at the top to loudest at the bottom. The average decibel level of human speech is estimated to be between 55 and 65 decibels.

The horizontal (X) axis on the bottom shows the sound frequencies, from lowest (deepest) on the left to highest on the right. A typical adult male ranges from 80 to 180 Hz and a typical adult female ranges from 165 to 255 Hz. The green shaded area at the top shows what is generally considered to be “normal” hearing.

The line with the red circles represents the hearing in my “good” right ear. It’s in the mild to moderate hearing loss at the lower frequencies to severe at the higher frequencies. The line with the blue boxes represents the hearing (or lack thereof) in my left ear. At the higher frequencies, my hearing in that ear shows severe to profound hearing loss. Profound!

This coming week I’ll be looking at some different brands of hearing aids. There are a few that are specifically designed for severe or even profound hearing loss. So, we’ll see how that goes. Who knows? Maybe by the end of this month I’ll be wearing hearing aids. And while that should enable me to hear better, having to don hearing aids make me feel old. But then again, I am old. So there’s that.

Ride ‘em Cowgirl

“That guy, Sam, is such a boor, don’t you think?” Sally said to Wendy.

“Actually, from my perspective, I think he’s rather rejuvenating,” Wendy said.

“Oh you’re just beguiled by his rugged good looks and his washboard abs,” Sally said. “But he’s dumb as a doornail and you can’t hush him up when he starts blabbing away about the most inane nonsense.”

“I find him to be quite an inspiration,” Wendy said, a faraway look in her eyes. “Besides, it’s not his intellect that attracts me.”

“Why you little sprite,” Sally laughed. “I know exactly what it is that inspires you about Sam, and it ain’t his mind.”

Wendy smiled. “Okay, you’re right, I admit it. But tell me you wouldn’t want to mount that stallion and strap it on while he takes you for a bumpy ride.”

Sally laughed. “Ride ‘em, you wicked cowgirl.”

Written for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (boor), Scott’s Daily Prompt (perspective), word of the Day Challenge (rejuvenating), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (beguiled), Ragtag Daily Prompt (hush), My Vivid (inspiration), E.M’s Random Word Prompt (sprite) and ,strap Photo credit: Robert Alvarado.

SoCS — Are We There Yet?

“Are we there yet, Daddy?” my daughter called out from the back seat of the car.

“No, honey,” my wife said. “We’re about to get on the turnpike. We still have a long way to go.”

“I’m bored,” my son said.

“Why don’t we all play I spy with my little eye?” I suggested. That lasted for about twenty minutes before my son wanted to know how much longer it would be before we got to our destination. I turned to my wife and said, “Time to give them their iPad Minis.”

“Already?” she responded.

“Yeah,” I said. “That should keep them occupied for a few hours.

Thirty minutes later my son said, “I’m hungry.” Did I say he said it? Sorry, it was more of a whine.

Then my daughter said she had to go to the bathroom real bad. “I’ll pull off at the next rest stop so everyone can go to the bathroom and we’ll get something to eat.”

“Hurry, Daddy,” my daughter said. “I really, really have to pee.”

My wife said, “Didn’t I tell you kids to go to the bathroom right before we left?”

“We did!” both kids said in unison.

Then my daughter added, “I won’t be able to hold it much longer, Daddy.” She almost sounded angry at me, as if it was my fault that she had to pee.

I looked at my wife, shrugged, and started to drive faster. “I’ll get us to the rest stop as soon as I can.”

About five minutes later I heard a siren in the distance. I looked in the rearview mirror and saw a police car pulling up quickly behind me, lights flashing. “Oh shit,” I said under my breath, “please be after someone else.”

No such luck. I pulled over to the breakdown lane and brought the car to a stop. The police car stopped right behind our car. As the officer was approaching, I heard my son say, “Way to go, Dad,”

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, where we are to use “way to go” as a phrase or in its literal sense.

FOWC with Fandango — Beguiled


It’s March 5, 2022. Welcome to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “beguiled.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.